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Showing posts from June, 2011

Bug Off

Back in March I wrote about the newly released INtelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Bug Repellent Perfume Serum and Perfume Spray.  I just knew it was going to be a hit because it really works and it smells delish. Clearly, everyone else thinks so too, because the press it has received has been amazing:   INSTYLE JULY 2011 Bug Free Zone—with a spray that smells sweet   Notes of thyme and clove—not DEET—help fend off pests... The best part? It smells light and airy—we’d wear it even without its buzz-off powers.   SELF JUNE 2011 Bug Off   We’re buzzing about an insect repellent that doesn’t repel us. It contains soy oil, a natural bug shield, along with notes of geranium, so it smells great, too. W JUNE 2011 JUNE’S MOST WANTED   Loaded with nine essential oils—from cedar to rosemary and, of course, citronella—the blend is certified organic and good enough to eat—but not for them. MARIE CLAIRE JULY 2011   Editors…Love it, Ne

H.R.2359 Update

Our hard work is paying off! This year, thousands of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics supporters urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to get cancer-causing formaldehyde out of Brazilian Blowout and other hair-straightening products. Recently, I signed the petition to the Obama Administration asking for prevention to be a major focus of our country's cancer plan (we joined our allies at the White House in May and dropped off all 73,000 signatures!). Well, we have exciting news: We have helped build the momentum for Congressional leaders to reintroduce the federal Safe Cosmetics Act in the House of Representatives Friday. This bill (H.R.2359) would give the FDA the authority it needs to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful substances like lead, 1,4-dioxane and chemicals linked to cancer. Existing law, which has not been updated in 70 years , allows companies to use these and other toxic chemicals in products we use on our bodies every day. We

Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin

How honored to be in the company of Sarah Kurn   in an article by Ann Sandretto. I have taken the liberty to add links to products that I endorse for the skincare topics discussed. In their attempt to find the best moisturizer for oily skin , Always New You  polled 7 professionals and their responses are below: #1 – Oily Skin Care Tips Be sure to double cleanse! You should always use an exfoliating cleanser first to remove surface dirt and dead skin cells, and then apply a cream cleanser . This way the cleanser will more deeply penetrate the pores. Be sure that the cream cleanser is specifically for oily skin. To further treat oily skin, be sure that skin is infused with isoflavonoids and polyphenols (which come from berries). These will pull toxins out of the body and help clarify and control oil on the skin. Limit the amount of hydrogenated oil (such as vegetable or margarine) when you cook to avoid seeing it on your skin. • Try making a do-it-yourself “Clarifying Choc

Eco Clear

Though our 3waybeauty sample and mini bar packaging was made out of wood pulp and fully recyclable and compostable, I really wanted a clear bag for these two items. That way it was easier for clients to see what the beauty bar looked like and what the directions and ingredients were. We are  now using Eco Clear Bags for these reasons. A compostable and sustainable alternative to traditional packaging. Eco Clear Bags use EarthFirst® PLA film from Ingeo™ that is certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and DIN Certco under ASTM 6400 and EN 13432. Made from Plants Lactic Acid from plants is used to create the material Polyactide (PLA) Certified Compostable FDA approved for direct food contact Sustainable

It's Pride Week

It's Pride Week here in the Twin Towns and this year we will have a booth (#1014) in Loring Park in Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th. We'll be featuring the new lavender edition of shhh ... shampoo - shower - shave ...and sharing our booth with Sairey Gernes and her TowelTopper , so stop by and say hi! Wanna try a three-way? Sale #3, #33 and #333 each day of Pride will receive a complimentary shhh. bar of their choice. 5% of all sales on Pride weekend  will be donated to the Red Ribbon Ride . "Like" us on Facebook . As soon as we reach 333 'likes" someone will be chosen to receive a complementary bar of our new lavender edition. Follow us on Twitter . As soon as we reach 333 followers someone will be chosen to receive a complementary bar of our new lavender edition.

Cut Confusion?

The FDA is trying to make it easier to understand the sunscreen label. Are you less confused after reading this article ? Paragraph 3 of said article is quite telling in regard to the effectiveness of our government vs. the Big Beauty industry. "30 years of bureaucracy"? That's a lot of bottles of ineffective tanning products (and money that was made) used by women slathering up and slip sliding away on their metalic tanning blankets. Doncha think? Thanks FDA for having our best interests at heart. You're swell! Then, before you purchase your sunscreen check the safety of its ingredients here . - That's a whole other topic. Who knows how long it will take before tanning beds are banned!   Like I have been saying for years, and what this journalist confirms in this article, I'll continue with my French sunscreen as I have for years. They've had it right for ages.

Argan Oil

Seems like argan oil has been the new "it" ingredient in beauty products these last couple of years. I must agree that it is a very spectacular oil. - Argan oil naturally contains the following compounds: • tocepherols, including vitamin E-- help to neutralize free radicals on the skin and scalp • omega 6 -- help to prevent hair breakage • saponins -- naturally soften the hair and skin  My favorite argan oil? John Master 100% USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil. The most popular brand is, Moroccan Oil. Though I have used Moroccan oil and loved what it did to my hair, I looked up the ingredients of this product when I got home from the salon: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone  I don't know about you, but I wasn't

Hair by Lehla

I have always been a huge fan of Bethany Lorelle hair accessories. What's not to love? But, there is a new kid on the block that is making headbands/hair clips with MagneBlooms™, NEW interchangeable fabric bloom headbands. Ingenious, lehla shop ! Now you can purchase one head band or clip and as many magnetized accessories as you want. Couture - Custom - Cute I agree!

A Facelift for NONTOXIQUE

I've always said that whatever a girl needs do so that she feels pretty is a-ok with me - sometimes that means a little nip and tuck. NONTOXIQUE has done just that and though I thought they had lovely packaging, I find this new look quite fun and fresh. Brava! I must say that I do like the new foaming pump on the Hand & Nail Cleanser with the addition of the 2 oz. size. The little mini is TSA compliant so no issue with travel. The new, smaller size of the Herbal Scrub is an easier fit for my shower caddy and the Restore Day Creme now comes in a pump, too. - I must say I was never a huge fan of sticking my fingers in the cream, so I much prefer the new pump. NONTOXIQUE is a performance based, eco-luxury, hand, foot and nail skin care line that gives women pleasure to touch more, feel more and do more with their hands and feet. Because your hands & feet do all the work™

Here Comes the Sun

Via American Spa Magazine - June - Lisa Starr With the advent of summer, it’s time to brush up on your sunscreen knowledge. We are more concerned than ever about our health, and should be prepared with knowledge on the use of sun protection and information on the latest innovations in suncare products, of which there are many. Sunlight is divided into two types of harmful rays, ultraviolet A and B. UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns and were the focus of early sun protection products. However, we now know that UVA rays can pass through glass and penetrate deeper into the dermis, causing immune system suppression and premature aging. While sunlight does provide us with vitamin D3, not to mention happiness benefits, a tan is the sign of the skin’s own natural defense system fighting against the rays of the sun, and, as such, is never as healthy as it may look or feel. There is evidence of the use of sunscreen as far back as 400 BC by Greeks training for the Olym

Orange Crush

Via American Spa Magazine - June - by Jessica Lyons The pleasurable and medicinal properties of orange essential oil is why it was chosen as an ingredient in the signature aromatic blend of shhh. shampoo - shower - shave. As a fruit, an orange is a refreshing summer treat. As a color, it’s warm, bright, and invigorating. When used as an ingredient in spa treatments (or products), it’s a veritable miracle worker—a relaxing trip to a sunny spot, a refreshing dip in the fountain of youth, and a tasty treat all rolled into one. “ Orange extracts can be perfect ingredients for spa treatments, not only due to their wonderfully refreshing scent but also due to their numerous benefits,” says International educator Melissa Morris. “ Orange contains essential vitamin C necessary for collagen formation. Moreover, it is also an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and works at addressing lines, wrinkles, and photodamage. It is also anti-inflammatory and restores balance in

Products for Men

Via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The average American man uses six personal care products a day containing more than 80 unique chemicals. Many of these chemicals are absorbed into the skin, inhaled or ingested, and the vast majority of cosmetic chemicals have not been assessed for safety. Some of the chemicals used in men's body-care products – from aftershaves and shaving creams to deodorants and shampoos – are linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities and other chronic health problems. A common chemical found in most fragranced products may be particularly harmful to male reproductive health. What's in his Medicine Cabinet? Problematic chemicals in men's personal care products include: Diethyl phthalate (DEP) : found in fragrance-containing products such as cologne, aftershave, shaving cream, shampoos and deodorants Recent human studies link DEP to sperm damage in adult men, abnormal reproductive development in infants, and Attention Defic

Take Two

shhh. shampoo, shower, shave - the second edition has arrived! Same great beauty/grooming bar, now in lavender . Think you know what lavender smells like? Do you already love it? Don't think you're a fan? Give this one a chance before you decide. Keep in mind that most lavender scented products are made with synthetic lavender perfume oils . Our exclusive lavender blend is made up of 7 lavender varieties from around the globe - France, Bulgaria, Tasmania, US, China and England. When I was working with my master herbalist to develop this blend, I had no idea that lavender could vary so much. Lavender has often been called the "Mother oil"  of essential oils because it is the most beloved of the essential oils. It seems to be a very fitting oil for this day and age since it eases stress, helps you sleep, relieves migraines and helps lift depression. It is excellent for the skin, stimulating circulation and cell regeneration. It's an  anti-septic, antibiot

Unique Grad Gift Combo

Looking for a trendy, but practical, gift to give a graduate this year? We've teamed up with the TowelTopper and paired our new grooming bar with this cool new product that virtually, everyone can use. So, after you Shampoo, Shower and Shave, wrap up! Forget trying to hold your towel up while getting dressed—the TowelTopper™ towel holder frees up your hands! Use it with ANY TOWEL at home, at the gym, while you are traveling, or even at the beach or pool . Not only is it a fun and useful accessory, it is easy to pack and easy to use!

Notte Breeze

Finally the award winning dry shampoo that won best in show in NYC is available in a colored version perfect for darker shades! A few years ago Principessa came out with a dry hair shampoo, Bianco Breeze ,  that did double-duty as a body powder.  (You know how I love products that do double or even triple duty!) The talc-free recipe quickly became my FAVORITE body powder - Personally, I don't have oily hair and don't find the need to use a dry shampoo, but I do have many clients who use it. Since it is a white powder, it has been a bit more difficult  for my clients with darker hair to use. It certainly was possible, but it requires a bit of time to get it worked in to the hair so it doesn't look lighter than their darker hair. No more worries, Principessa has finally launched a darker version of their dry shampoo hair powder. Introducing, Notte Breeze . (Looks pretty as a body powder too!) Application: Sprinkle into your hair to absorb excess oils and creat